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Serious Rosé - Wine from the region Provence

Figures show what we had already in our guts. Rosé has been around for years. This category now accounts for 10% of the world wine trade. At the same time, wine lovers are no longer interested in simple, pink-colored wines with „Hello Kitty“ label. Instead of sweet, raspberry red simple booze, nowadays serious rosé wines are sought after. Especially the wines from the South of France enrich the world of Rosé.  ...

Is this naked wine or is the emperor naked?

Orange Wine from Fred Loimer   Many discussions took place when a new phenomenon came onto the wine stage. Orange Wine together with many dogmatic groupies on his coat tails challenged the status quo. The question popped up: what is real wine? How much manipulation can be made and what is the politically correct way to manipulate. A new drawn line divided just plain faulty and very interesting wines. Wine a...

Searching Terroir - The silent star from Rheinhessen

Sieferheim is a sleepy village, located in the vast region known as Rheinhessen, just a few kilometres south of the town of Bad Kreuznach. In the undulating and lovely landscape Daniel Wagner, the silent star of the German wine scene has his winery. “I always loved earth and soil” said Daniel Wagner and laughs likeable and juvenile, when asked why he became a winemaker. However, it took a while until he knew that becoming a winemaker is th...
Alsace – time for a revival – Sommelier Guild

Alsace – time for a revival – Sommelier Guild

Wine is definitely a subject to fashion sense, too. Alsace is reminiscent of a 1970s’ lampshade you had forgotten for years in the attic but now you bring it up again with enthusiasm and dust it off. When you start to grapple with Alsace, maybe you are like me, first consulting one of the hundreds of wine books that all of us have collected over the years working in the wine business. But the information on Alsace is quite limited. Jancis Ro...

More patience please! Who gives some time to Italy's red wines, can admire their enormous aromas.

There are many possibilities to group the wines of the world. White or red wine, dry or sweet, feminine or masculine, the list is endless. When it comes to Italy's red wines, you can divide them into wines that are simply "delicious". These are the ones to pair the Italian cuisine, those offered to a wide audience in every Italian restaurant to enjoy with pizza and pasta. But there are also the great classics, to which not everyone approaches ...

"Dry" is a stretchable term

Why Mosel Riesling does not fit into any drawer. Recently, a courageous winemaker from the Mosel called me, because I had put their Riesling Kabinett in a tasting with sweet wines like Spätlese or auslese. "A Kabinett is perhaps fruity but not sweet," she said, and she was right. Since the category "dry", which describes wines up to 9 g / l residual sugar, is for Mosel Riesling obsolete....

My Israel

Those who land at the airport in Tel Aviv are the first to hear the voices in endless languages. Whether in Spanish, Russian, Hebrew, Polish, Arabic, German, or English – in the long and brightly polished corridors one can be hear almost every language of the world. In long rows one stands then together before the passport control and looks impatiently to the right and left past his fellow travellers. If you already know the country, you can...

IWSP New Zealand

Wine from the land of the hobbits Ever since the fantasy epic "Lord of the Rings" inspired millions of cineastes, the rugged and mystical landscape of New Zealand has become famous worldwide. The two islands in the southern Pacific have become a popular tourist destination ever since. But not just friends of nature and Hobbit fans love New Zealand. When, in 1985, a crazily aromatic Sauvignon Blanc entered the world wine stage with Cloud...

IWSP Bordeaux

Bordeaux is always a good idea. Whoever hears the word "Bordeaux" thinks first of all about fantastic red wines and a wine style that has so much charisma that winegrowers from China to California and from Australia to Germany orient themselves to it. Bordeaux is also an exciting destination. The region of Aquitaine is blessed with superlative advantages....